Lime & blackcurrant swirl cheesecake
A mouth-watering dessert with a lime and blackcurrant twist
- Preparation: 30 mins
- Cooking: 65 mins
- Serves: 10
What you need:
- 150g blackcurrants
- 275g caster sugar
- 175g hobnob biscuits
- 60g unsalted butter, melted
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of 2 limes
- 600g cream cheese, softened
- 175ml soured cream
- 2 whole eggs, 1 extra egg yolk
- You will also need:
- a 20cm non-stick springform tin, base lined with baking parchment
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 150C, fan 140C, gas 1.
- Place the blackcurrants, 75g sugar and 1 tablespoon of water in a small saucepan and heat gently for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the fruit is soft but retains it's shape, and is sitting in a pool of syrup.
- Transfer half the blackcurrants to a sieve with most of the juice, and press through a sieve into a bowl, discarding the solids in the sieve.
- Set aside both the pan of remaining blackcurrants and bowl of puree and leave to cool until needed.
- Place the biscuits in a food processor and pulse until crushed. Add the butter and process again until combined.
- Press the crumb mixture over the base and refrigerate until needed.
- To make the filling, beat the cream cheese gently until smooth, then slowly add the sour cream, remaining 200g sugar, eggs, lime juice and zest. The mixture should now be smooth and thick.
- Scatter the blackcurrants evenly from the pan over the crumb base and pour the cream cheese filling on top. Add drops of the blackcurrant puree and swirl lightly with a knife to achieve a marbled effect.
- Bake for 1 hour until firm to the touch. Leave to cool at room temperature and refrigerate until ready to serve with any remaining blackcurrant coulis.
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British blackcurrants are renowned and bred for their deep purple colour, which indicates a high level of anthocyanins (disease fighting antioxidants) that guard against ageing, joint inflammation, eyestrain, kidney stones, cardiovascular disease, cancer and urinary tract infections. Blackcurrants are also deliciously tasty and easy to incorporate into even the most hectic of schedules! Whether sprinkled in your porridge, baked into a pie or simply sipped as a juice.
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